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Fulvio MussiAs fan-sponsored team YourRacingCar.com’s driver Fulvio Mussi smashed the lap record in the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup at his home races at Brands Hatch; Nathan Freke won the championship adding a further three podiums, three pole positions and two fastest laps to his season’s haul ahead of Frank Wrathall who also took to the podium three times in the season finale.

Nerve-wracking weekend for the YRC fan sponsors as the battle went to the final race, when Fulvio went all out to make sure of holding on to the fourth place in the championship in his first season out. A stunning lap of 1m 32.731s with a top speed of near enough 128 mph on the GP circuit. This topped off the well-deserved fourth podium finish of the season in the second race that added a 2nd place cup to the YRC trophy cabinet.

The fan-sponsored racing team’s driver was on the pace from qualifying. Despite a quick trip to the pits to check out a flat-spot on the right front tyre he was putting together great laps for second best sector times in the first and second sectors. Fulvio made sure he had his best starting positions of the season on the first two rows of the grid for the weekend’s races with, importantly, Tom Sharp starting one place behind him in each race.

In the first race, Fulvio was close to taking Nathan Freke at the first corner in a bid to gain the lead, but the eventual Cup champion was having none of it. Four corners later contact between the cars behind resulted in the YRC car being shunted off the track, but for once the car bodywork damage was minimal. A great recovery by Fulvio put the car back on track, but in fifth with no immediate chance of recovery as a safety car incident, caused by an incident involving TCR team mate Carl Breeze and the unfortunate Colin White which tagged other TCR team mate Joachim Ritter, added three yellow flag laps. Despite several attempts to regain position that’s were the YRC team ended that race. This reduced the points margin between fourth and fifth in the Cup.

The second race was less eventful with a fired up Fulvio making a well-judged overtaking move at the tight second corner hairpin to gain second place. Great pace and positioning on the track ensured that he skilfully held the place to take a trophy and give the YRC fans some podium shots for the album.

Still needing to be ahead of nearest rival Tom Sharp, to retain Cup position, Fulvio lost ground to him off of the line, but again Fulvio’s pace in the car meant that he was not going to be passed by any others and for good measure he took the lap record off of the Cup champion on lap 10 giving the YRC fan sponsors a lot to celebrate in the sunshine.

Hannah James, Team Manager said “Fourth place in the Cup in our first season for our fan-sponsored car is fantastic! The buzz of the home crowd and all the YRC fans cheering and hooting Fulvio as he’s gone passed today seems to have done the trick – to smash the lap record is just brilliant. We could not have done it without the fans and small businesses who have got on board this year so a big, big thank you to each of them. TCR have engineered the car, and Carl the YRC car mechanic has been amazing – we hope they all get more sleep next year!”

Go to www.joinYRC.com at the end of October to see how you can join in the team’s fun and successes in 2010 as a fan sponsor. Any businesses who want to be members or partners of the team should contact Hannah@yourracingcar.com or Kathryn@yourracincgcar.com to get involved.

Fulvio MussiThere was only one new name on the grid for the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup qualifying at Rockingham. It was traffic free, but gearbox cooler pump problems made the YourRacingCar.com (YRC) car sluggish resulting in a consistent but mid-order qualifying position of sixth for the weekend’s three races. Saturday afternoon’s race saw YRC’s car squeezed out, but YRC’s driver Fulvio Mussi held on to the car in fronts rear and took his place back on lap 4. Then Fulvio hounded down close Cup rival Tom Sharp and made a move on lap 8 which resulted in YRC taking the chequered flag of the 10 lap race in 5th despite some rear damage from the action.

Sunday morning’s contest saw an early racing incident lifting the YRC car and weakening the left rear bodywork. Further on in the race Fulvio was again defending his position as his car was bumped up the rear several times by Sharp. Eventually the heavily damaged left rear shearing into the rubber was too much for the tyre – puncturing as Fulvio came out of the hairpin. Skilfully he got the car back to the pits for an unscheduled stop. Other incidents and mechanical problems for competitor’s cars shuffled the pack and Fulvio rejoined the race in 8th and held position until the end.

The final race saw a second corner run in with title chasing Frank Wrathall leaving the YRC car without a bonnet. Incredible driving from Fulvio ensured the YRC car came over the line despite the body damage. The loss of another car from the front of the pack meant that despite the aerodynamic disadvantage to the YRC car, Fulvio brought it home for the fans in sixth; only to lose ten Cup points as a result of the judicial enquiry into the early incident with Wrathall. It’s still enough to take Fulvio into the final race weekend of the Cup fourth, but with Sharp and returning previously retired Christian Dick close on his wheels.

Hannah James, Team Manager, said; “Fulvio showed why he is the fan’s favourite this weekend. Despite a mid-pack qualifying he has fought hard to retain our Cup position. Whilst the television coverage is welcomed by our sponsors we’d rather not be racing with a battle scarred car throughout the weekend – Fulvio’s got talent! Others would have struggled to bring the car home at this circuit let alone in sixth in the final race.”

YRC are looking forward to seeing more of the YRC fans drop by the team’s garage at Brands Hatch on 3rd and 4th October and by joining YRC before 24th September fans will have time to get their name and picture on the car this year. Their money will go towards the repairs on the car. It’s simple go and press the ‘Engine Start’ button at www.joinyrc.com. Businesses wanting to come to the racing to see their website over a wheel arch as one of our tyre sponsors should email Kathryn@yourracingcar.com.

Carl BreezeEven though six races still remain in the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup, Total Control Racing has been officially confirmed as 2009 Team Champions in its debut year in the category with almost double the points of its nearest rival.

With the results from this past weekend’s Silverstone National Circuit races now declared final, TCR has scored an outstanding 1,000 points from the 22 rounds completed so far and cannot be caught over the remaining events at Rockingham in Northamptonshire and Brands Hatch in Kent.

To date Carl Breeze has taken seven race victories and seven other podiums for the team and is currently third overall in the driver standings, even though his entire season looked in jeopardy at Oulton Park in May when his car was T-boned at high speed by the unsighted Mark Proctor.

Team-mate Fulvio Mussi has been a consistent front-runner all year but his true breakthrough came at Knockhill in Scotland last month when he achieved his maiden Ginetta G50 Cup podium in the first of the weekend’s races, triggering a run of three successive visits to the rostrum. He is currently fourth in the championship.

Danish racer Joachim Ritter joined the TCR fold prior to the second event of the season at Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire, his arrival bolstering the squad’s attack. Improving markedly throughout the year, Ritter secured a season-best sixth place finish during round 20 at Knockhill to add to a string of consistent top 10 results. At present, he is a highly creditable 10th in the driver standings.

Winning the team’s title at its first attempt in the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup is a terrific achievement for Wednesbury-based TCR, team principal Lee Brookes commenting: “We’re absolutely delighted with the official confirmation we’ve won the team’s championship with two meetings to go. It’s a great result and shows what an excellent job our three drivers and the entire team has done.”

TCR will be back in action just over a fortnight from now, 19th/20th September, with rounds 23, 24 and 25 of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup and rounds 17 and 18 of the ELF Renault Clio Cup taking place at Rockingham International Super Sports Car Circuit in Northamptonshire.

Provisional 2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup Standings (after Rd22):
Drivers: 3rd Carl Breeze, 547pts; 4th Fulvio Mussi, 377pts; 10th Joachim Ritter, 227pts
Teams: Champions – Total Control Racing, 1000pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Nathan Freke has turned his season around to boast a healthy Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup lead and aims to increase it as the championship heads to Snetterton this weekend.

As the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup heads to Snetterton for a crucial weekend of three races, Kidderminster’s Nathan Freke is the man to beat. Since his season began with podium results rather than winning pace, the former Formula Ford champion has been edging closer to the front of the pack. His wins started at Donington in May, where he won all three races…and won the sole race at Oulton Park before taking two further victories at Croft.

His winning form has coincided with disappointment for early-season championship leader Carl Breeze. His TCR car won four out of the first six races, but then Breeze suffered a mighty accident at Oulton Park when he spun at Old Hall and was t-boned by the Speedworks car of Mark Proctor. It left the TCR squad with a huge job to prepare a brand new car in less than a fortnight, but Carl then suffered another setback: he hit a tyre stack in race two and was forced to sit out race three in North Yorkshire.

That means that Freke heads Frank Wrathall in the title race, Frank lying 52 points adrift, but that could all change with three races this weekend and 35 points for a win. Wrathall is still in with a  shout of the title and while he may not have been on the top step of the podium as often as others, his consistency has marked him out as a real threat to Freke. King’s Lynn’s Breeze, eager to score well on home ground, lies third whilst Speedworks team owner Christian Dick is fourth after a consistent season.

Other front-runners, Tom Sharp and Fulvio Mussi, will be joined by series rookie Charlie Butler-Henderson this weekend as the ex-BTCC racer returns to sports cars. The Chairman’s Cup, for the over 40s, is headed by multiple National Hot Rod World Champion Colin White from fellow ex-oval racer Paul Sheard and Richard Sykes.

Can Breeze fight back this weekend? Don’t bet against it…

Qualifying begins at 10:45 on Saturday August 1 with race one (over 11 laps) starting at 13:45. A second, longer, race on Saturday is scheduled for 17:15 over 18 laps and Sunday boasts the final race at 13:35, round 17 of the championship.